• http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Is this why they made the free version progressively worse? So you’ll buy the premium version?


  • A.H.

    Agreed, Michael.

    The “New Version” of Analytics, with the famous Beta tag, is absolutely a step backward from the previous one.

    But in many ways, so is Docs, Gmail and the Calendar. And have you seen the Adsense mobile account management site? WHOA!

    They’re apparently attempting to simplify things by offering a cleaner UI. Hopefully we’ll be able to use the Old/Classic versions for a few more years.

    It’s funny how Adwords is constantly improving though- he he!

  • http://www.singlegrain.com Sujan Patel

    I like the fact that Google added new features to Analytics but I still like KissMetrics. Will there ever be a solid real time analytics program?

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Combining all search engines into one “Search” source is not, in my opinion, a “cleaner UI”. I can’t believe any agency would recommend Google Analytics.

  • http://www.simplyclicks.com David Burdon

    This is for big enterprises only. Those that are already spending £$000,000s on data mining and CRM. For the rest of us a Google price tag of $150,000 will help us convince smaller clients that they need to pay for the effort that goes into processing and analysing all that data.

  • http://www.tysonkirksey.com Tyson Kirksey

    I’m sorry, Michael, I would have to disagree. GA v5 has many features that are a step in the right direction. Real-time reporting was just announced yesterday. The ability to preview Advanced Segments and make edits on a report is a huge improvement. The ability to go from profile to profile with the same report, date and segment is an incredible time saver. Multi-channel Funnel reporting brings attribution a long ways forward. The Dashboards are much improved.

    Grouping all search engines into one “search” source, as you say, is not a standard feature. It could be a generic search engine (search.comcast.com or something), or I’ve seen on one occasion where a client had a sub-domain called search, and it was reported that way. You might speak with a GA Partner and get that fixed.

    Sure there are still some features that are lacking (PDF export!!!), but overall the product is getting stronger, unquestionably.

  • http://www.iconversing.com I.C.

    Yes, i also think GA v5 has much improved features, especially the multi channel funnels. Instead of last click attribution, measuring multiple touch points across multiple channels really gives a holistic picture of how each channel is performing.

    i attended the their goMeasure seminar in Singapore this year, full house! Really strong interest there.

  • A.H.

    These “much improved features” everyone mentions- have you tried actually using them?

    As Tyson mentioned, the inability to export as PDF is an absolute deal-breaker for me (not that there’s any deal to break).

    Most of Google’s products are simply not enterprise ready.

  • http://www.strefa-adwords.pl S.A.

    How to improve my UK analytics account to premium version?

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Clearly people who are pleased with pretty pictures will love the new Google Analytics. Anyone who actually needs to dig into the data is most likely already using a more suitable tracking tool anyway.

    To suggest, however, that Google’s bundling of ALL search engines into one blunt category is somehow relevant only to obscure search engines indicates the level of depth to which some people aspire when looking at analytics data.

    If you’re not going to differentiate between the traffic from Google and the traffic from Bing, you don’t need an analytics package. Just put a hit counter on your pages and you’re done.

  • A.H.

    What are you referring to, Michael?

    It’s pretty simple to traffic from specific SE’s. Maybe you have a browser issue or some advanced segment turned on?

    Don’t you see a “Source” option?

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Nope. I just click on the little nav links in the left-hand column such as TRAFFIC SOURCES >> SEARCH >> OVERVIEW and there I am — staring at a completely useless “Organic” traffic report where I THEN have to click on a “Secondary Dimension”. Where are the queries?

    Oh, yes, I have to go down to “Search Engine Optimization” and set up my Webmaster Tools access — which I’ve done twice, and the service STILL says I have to set up my Webmaster Tools access.

    So glad it works for you. I’d rather pull burrs out of an angry lion’s butt, thank you. It would be a more productive use of my time.

  • http://www.tysonkirksey.com Tyson Kirksey


    On the report you mentioned, the default Dimension is “Traffic Type”, but you can easily see the engines, queries, etc with one click. Look right above the table at the blue links and click on “Source” or “Keyword”. To say that GA does not differentiate traffic between Google and Bing is just not accurate.

    You can also see the engines in the All Traffic Sources report, which breaks out every Source / Medium combination very nicely. Have you seen this?

    Sorry you are struggling with Google Analytics. It’s OK to prefer something else, but you are misstating the facts in some of your statements about GA. It is a very capable solution that is being used by some of the largest and most successful brands on the web.

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Please read my comment again.

    The new Google Analytics goes out of its way to separate the user from the data.

  • http://mt-hacks.com Mark Carey

    I have site that does over 50 million hits on GA a month. Does this mean I will need to upgrade to premium (which I cannot afford)? Or does this mean that GA is currently only capturing a sampling of my traffic and the stats are estimated based on that sampling?

  • A.H.